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Old 11-24-2013, 06:36 AM   #21
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At least you are testing it right now. No how you feel like the Todd said , get it all to 0 and all that you are left with is nitrate. Done a test today and all is good. Nitrate is between 5-10. Only have two clowns so I'm feeding them tiny amount every other day. You live and learn. Good luck
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:19 PM   #22
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My cycle seems to have completed today after 15 days. I started with dry rock 35 lbs & some live sand with 3 medium raw shrimp. ammonia & Nitrite are now 0 with Nitrate between 20 to 40. My shrimp is still in the tank in a filter bag & I'm gonna leave it for a few days since it's holidays & my house is full of out of town family. I can't get a CUC until after thanksgiving since I work till late everyday until Thursday when I'm off. Will leaving the shrimp & not doing a water change impact anything for a few days? I expect it would be like having fish producing a bio load like normal.

Also I did not ever get any sort of algae so do I need a CUC & as there is no algae what are they going to eat?
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Old 11-30-2013, 10:04 PM   #23
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Ok so I have removed my shrimp from the tank & have performed my water change to lower my nitrates but apparently not enough. I did not do a very large water change only about 8 gallons so my nitrates seemed to have went down about half from 20 to about 10. I would like to do one more to get it to zero before I put in my first fish.

I am still looking for some advice about a clean up crew? Will I need some since I done have any type of algae on my rocks or sand? I personally want a cleaner shrimp but I might have to find something to feed him with no algae or growth for him to eat.
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Old 12-01-2013, 04:37 AM   #24
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My nitrates are always around 10 . Once my tank cycled they were around 50ppm. My lfs told me that sometimes it's been known for them to have nitrate between 10-30. I don't think 10 is a problem but if you can get it to nil then go for it .
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Old 12-01-2013, 02:11 PM   #25
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Thanks for the response Willba, I will try the water change & if it stays at or around 10 so be it. At least now I know what range I should be in.

Any direction on the clean up crew thing would be helpful?
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Snails and hermits that's what I have. Done a water test today and I'm between 5-10 so happy days
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:18 AM   #27
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Thanks for the info, I will slowly add a few fishes and a couple of snails & a shrimp since I like them. Your Nitrate numbers seem like where I would like mine to be once I get some fishes in the tank.
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:01 PM   #28
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I had to do a lot of water changes. About 2 per week. I would add cuc first. Then clowns.
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My cycle seems to have completed today after 15 days. I started with dry rock 35 lbs & some live sand with 3 medium raw shrimp. ammonia & Nitrite are now 0 with Nitrate between 20 to 40. My shrimp is still in the tank in a filter bag & I'm gonna leave it for a few days since it's holidays & my house is full of out of town family. I can't get a CUC until after thanksgiving since I work till late everyday until Thursday when I'm off. Will leaving the shrimp & not doing a water change impact anything for a few days? I expect it would be like having fish producing a bio load like normal.

Also I did not ever get any sort of algae so do I need a CUC & as there is no algae what are they going to eat?
The same thing has happened to me.No algae of any kind.I have only been putting lights on my tank for a few weeks 8 hrs a day and that is it.The rest of the time its pretty dark and my ph is steady at 7.8. I am glad I am not alone.i am not sure about a cuc either except maybe a few cleaner shrimp because they help clean the fish.My hubby wants me to get a few crabs but Idk I don't want them to starve to death.I am planning on growing coralline algae though.I guess I still have some researching to do.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:09 AM   #30
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I think the reason I did not get any algae was I listened to everyone & only used RO/Di water & minimal lighting plus I used fry rock so nothing to grow.

I agree with not adding a complete clean up crew that everyone's trying to sell me & I too will just put on 2 shrimp for now. If I do get any kind of algae I will consider other CUC members.
As you pointed out I don't want them to starve.
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